Chodosh Article from Rabbi Yehuda Baum

12 Shevat 5772

February 5, 2012

Rav Baum in his capacity as mohel with the late Mir Rosh Yeshiva zt"l

Rav Baum in his capacity as mohel with the late Mir Rosh Yeshiva zt"l

There have been many requests to post a Halachic response regarding the laws of chodosh/yoshon. Baruch Hashem, Rabbi Yehuda Baum has agreed to permit me to publicize and excerpt from his unpublished kashrus book towards enlightening readers as to some of the laws pertaining to this issue.

Click on the hyperlink to view the article –  chodosh-excerpt-from-book

Rabbi Yehuda Baum serves as a posek in the Sanhedria Murchevet – Ramat Eshkol neighborhoods of Jerusalem. He has been a part of the Mir Yeshiva for over 18 years, leads various kollels, teaches in Seminaries, and is the American mohel of the neighborhoods. In addition, he is the Rav Hamachshir of the “Toras HaBayis” hashgacha, under HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Berkovitz Shlita.

I mention this to bring this concept to you, JKN readers. This hashgacha operates in American chareidi areas of the capital as a non-profit initiative towards elevating kashrus in the community. The only cost is that of the mashgiach, for his time. The hashgacha is exclusively for in-home productions.  People who want to make cakes, shabbos foods, beer, sushi, etc. at home and naturally won’t be able receive a hechsher turn to Toras HaBayis for assistance.

The hashgacha deals exclusively with families known to the rabbonim. A mashgiach appears between 2-4 times weekly, at any given hour. All mashgichim have smicha (rabbinical ordination). They are paid by the hashgacha, not the client, eliminating any fears of conflicting interests.

The point of the hechsher is twofold

1. To raise awareness that one doesn’t eat a cake just because the wrapper says “all ingredients are badatz”, which is the norm among many. Those of you who have heard my lectures know I make a point of this. Even if all ingredients are “badatz” there are questions, including but not nearly limited to (a) which badatz (b) is flour sifted (c) are items inspected and properly cleaned of insects (d) is challah taken properly.

Like I said, this is not even an introduction and without addressing the kitchen, utensils, separation between meat/milk/parve and so-forth.

Remember, even if one does one’s best to be straightforward and adhere to kosher law, if one does not know all the halachos, and most of us do not, we cannot do the correct thing. That is why we have mashgichim, to teach, instruct and monitor to ensure compliance.

2. To help Avreichim (those studying in kollel) who can’t sell enough goods (due to the fact that enough people demand a hechsher). Now that they have a hechsher they sell a lot more.

You may have noticed that in the name, “Toras HaBayis”, I did not use the word “badatz”. That is because it would be superfluous. In short, the hashgacha demands compliance with Shulchan Aruch on the highest level, without shortcuts, a serious hashgacha for a small number of people who meet the criteria, those who are willing and capable of doing it the correct way without compromise.

Perhaps in the future, I will be able to share some additional information regarding Toras HaBayis to enlighten readers to the standards of a premiere hechsher. This would serve as a baseline for you to compare other hashgachas to, adding to education and empowering you to then make the decision as to which hashgachas work for you.

One comment

  • Thankful Reader
    February 5, 2012 - 22:17 | Permalink

    Thank you for restarting your site! And thank you for highlighting this particular Hechsher. I’ve seen it around and now I know a bit more….I’m looking forward to hearing more on it!

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